Book Review: My First Surahs

“My First Surahs” is a religious children’s book written by Hajar Ashmawey and published by Prolance publishing.

This book consists of seven short surahs i.e. Surah Al- Fatiha, Surah Al- Ikhlas, Surah Al-Falaq, Surah Al-Naas, Surah Al-Asr, Surah Al-Kafiroon and Surah Al-Sharh with the short lessons that each surah teaches.

It has beautiful art that attracts the children to hold the book and memorize the surahs.

I would totally recommend buying this book for your children as it will be easy for them to memorize some important surahs in this way.

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– Stoori

Book Review: Friends Of A Different Kind

“Friends of a different kind” is a rhyming children’s book written by Nayera Salam and published by Prolance publishing.

The book is about a dog named “Chocolate Chum” who has different kind of animals and human friends. The animals he has befriended belongs to various breeds, species and colors. He consider himself a very lucky dog due to his diverse group of friends.

This book is ideal for teaching the young children the importance of diversity and for eliminating racism.

Furthermore, it has interesting crossword puzzle, fill in the missing letters, word search, coloring activity and match the breed activities at the end which will sharpen the mind of the children.

So, what else a child needs? I would totally recommended buying it for your young ones.

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– Stoori

Book Review: Did Musa ST-ST- Stutter Too?

“Did Musa ST-ST-Stutter too?” is a motivational children’s book written by Keila Kaci and published by Prolance publishing.

This poetry book revolves around a child named Ibrahimi who makes an excuse to hide from school due to his speech problem. Ibrahimi has to present a speech in front of his whole class but, he is afraid to go to school because he thinks all his class fellows will make fun of him while he stutters during the speech.

His mother, being a wise woman, understands the whole situation and starts to tell him how our Nabi Musa (Prophet Moses) stuttered too but, he was given such a high rank by God. Not only this, but people used to follow his commands.

She further explains that Musa was also given physical strength but, he is known for his call to Allah by his speech.

She also teaches him to recite the dua (supplication) that Musa used to pray.

I love how this book conveys a vast message.

1) A wise and well-educated mother (both religiously and wordly) is very important for the good upbringing of children. A child may have a physical or mental disability but, only a good mother can make a successful person out of him/her.

2) Any person , whether a child or an adult, should never make fun of someone’s disability. Instead, they should encourage the person to do better. Children should be advised to be kind and considerate to their class mates.

3) A disability is not a punishment from Allah, it’s a test and blessed is the one who passes this test through patience.

So, you must know by now, how important is this book for your kid’s bookshelf? 😊

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– Stoori

Book Review: My First Muslim Potty Book

“My first Muslim Potty book” is an educational children’s book perfectly rhymed and written by Yousfa Janjua, beautifully illustrated by Golnar Servatian, and published by Prolance publishing.

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In this book, the mother beautifully explains how the child was once a crawling baby but, now he has grown up and need to learn how to use the washroom by himself. Though, the parents will be there for him to help through the process.

I really liked this book. The first thing that caught my attention was its title. Then, when I read the book, I extremely appreciated the author for explaining the whole thing in such a poetic, interesting and sagacious way. Such educational books are very important for our generation so that they may be brought up properly.

The book even contains Islamic terms and duas (supplications) for children to teach them the process of “tahaara” (purity) in the light of religion.

I must say that it’s important to purchase this book for your growing children no matter which religion you follow. Every religion teaches purity 🙂

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– Stoori

Book Review: Paradise Is Oh So Nice

“Paradise Is Oh So Nice” is a children’s book written by Halimah Bashir and published by Prolance publishing.

This book describes the bounties of Paradise in a poetic way. As the mother is about to put her children to sleep, they insists to describe Paradise (jannah) in detail to them. The mother then begins to tell them that it will be a place where there will be no grief with gardens of milk & honey rivers.

The children innocently inquires about their weird fantasies that whether they can get trees of kebabs or giant strawberry milkshakes if they wish? And the mother answers with a smile that they may get WHATEVER they wish in the Paradise.

The beauty of this book is that it will instill the love of gaining Paradise in the hearts of children, they will abstain from doing bad deeds and strive to do every good deed that will clear their path to Paradise.

This book is available in two versions i.e. an Islamic version which includes a Quranic verses finding activity at the end and a general version. Also, a concise song (poem) further describing the importance of Paradise.

It’s a really good book for the moral development of children and a must to be added in the book collection.

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– Stoori

Book Review: Believe

“Believe” is a concise self-development book published by Prolance publishing.

The author “A.E” who chose to remain anonymous compiled the do’s and don’ts from the 114 chapters of the Holy Quran for personal use, but then thought to publish a book for others to benefit from it.

The book is divided into four chapters, extracting the do’s and don’ts of worship, character, giving & taking, relationships, and eating & dressing, along with notebook pages for making your own notes.

This book is ideal for everyone, but specially children and teenagers for learning the etiquettes of living mentioned in the Holy Quran as it is precise and easily understandable. I would totally recommend this book to be added to your reading list.

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– Stoori

Book Review: I’m Full Truth, I’m Half Truth, I’m All Lie

“I’m full truth, I’m half truth, I’m all lie” is a children’s book written by Ayesha Marfani and published by Crimson Cloak Publishing.

The story is about 3 cousins Saad, Hassan & Talha whose fathers had abandoned city life and live in a forest, far from the people’s eye because of their strange & weird looks.

The three cousins have a bad habit. Saad being used to lie in every situation, Hassan habitual of mixing truths with lies while Talha is brutally honest.

They are proud of their habits until one day, they face a huge problem due to their habits.

Moreover, being cut out from social life, the three cousins have no idea how to respond and act in a certain situation and this make their fathers realize their mistake.

I really liked the messages that this story conveys.

Firstly, people should not cast weird glances and gossip about someone’s look as all creatures are created by God and this type of behavior is against social etiquettes.

Secondly, it has an advice to the victims that they shouldn’t abandon their normal lives due to the sick mentality of some people as it may really negatively affect their family life.

Thirdly, it teaches the children that one should never tell a lie or merge truth with lies. One must be honest, but care should be taken that their truth and honesty doesn’t contain un-necessary blame & shame which may result in hurting other feelings.

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– Stoori

Book Review: Miss Never Pleased

“Miss Never Pleased” is a children’s moral story book written by Ayesha Marfani and published by Crimson Cloak Publishing.

The main character of the story is Habiba, who calls herself “Miss Perfect” due to the praise she keeps hearing from her mother followed by other family members because of her good looks, responsible nature and great academic performance.

Everyone listens to her advice despite of being older than her and act upon it.

But the problem is that her “perfect” advice which she thinks is beneficial for others is actually full of criticism, pinpointing and only create problems between people. She keeps noting the incidents of her “perfection” in her diary named “Miss Perfect” until she realizes that she lost the trust of everyone due to her proud, jealous and fault finding nature. No one listens to her advice now and her grades start suffering badly.

The day she finds a secret poem written by the people who endured her becomes a turning point in her life.

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I really enjoyed reading this book and would totally recommend it as it has a lesson for everyone.

For Children:

It will teach the children that they should never be proud and should be humble despite having exceptional qualities as it will displease the Creator and it would not take much longer that their condition is changed!

It also teaches children that they shouldn’t be jealous of the qualities possessed by others and should not break friendships due to their jealousy.

For Elders:

This book also conveys a special message to the elders that they must not spoil their children to such an extent that they become too proud and insensitive to the feelings of others.

For Readers As A Whole:

Never break ties due to gossips until you know the reality yourself because some people only wish bad for others. Also, use your brain while acting upon someone’s advice.

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– Stoori

Review: Stories Of The Prophets Worksheets

Owner of “A Muslim Homeschool” sent me a digital pack of activity sheets for review which are inspired by “Stories of the Prophets” by Ibn Kathir. This set includes a Prophet story board, Prophet fact file, and Prophet timeline activity sheets.

The Prophet story board activity sheet is meant for recording the important events that took place in the story of a specific Prophet, the Prophet fact file to record the facts like their place of birth, family etc while the Prophet timeline sheet to record all the details noted in the previous activity pages.

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There is a separate poster and a chart to fill the names of all the Prophets mentioned in the Quran.

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She has also added printing instructions and the method for compiling Prophet timeline pages to ensure an excellent finished product.

This activity pack is ideal for homeschooling or classroom use, under the guidance of a teacher as it will help the pupil to learn and discover a lot about the Prophets in a fun and interesting way.

You can buy the whole pack at her website, here

– Stoori